Board of Governors

Dr. Susanne Woods

Chair

Resident since 2005, Keys homeowner since 1998. BA and MA, UCLA, PhD in English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University. Provost and Professor of English Emerita, Wheaton College, MA; Visiting Professor of English, University of Miami; and Senior Adviser, Council of Independent Colleges. Previous positions include Vice President for Academic Affairs, Franklin & Marshall College, and Professor of English and Associate Dean of the Faculty, Brown University. Locally, she has served on the boards of the Florida Keys Council of the Arts and the Key West Literary Seminar and as Senior Warden (board chair) at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. She is the author of books and articles on renaissance poetry and poetics.

Ron Burd

Vice Chair – Governance

Retired Exec. VP, Strategy and Organization Development, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals (TJUH). Served 20 years as President/CEO of Devereux. Fulfilled a lifelong dream, restoring and sailing a 45-foot sailboat from Maine to the Caribbean with his wife, Joyce; became licensed Coast Guard Captain. Graduated with honors, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Founding Chair, Child Mental Health Div. of Child Welfare League of America; leadership positions, Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and World Presidents Organization (WPO); board member, Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine.

John DeWald

Vice Chair – Investment

Keys resident since 2008. Retired senior executive of program operations for NBC-Comcast, overseeing administrative, financial, managerial and logistical operations for the television network as well as NBC News and Sports. Served on boards for community cable commissions in NY‘s Hudson Valley, Advisory Board for The Clockwork Theatre Company in New York, Treasurer of 35 Sutton Owner’s Corporation. Degree in Business Administration, Farleigh Dickinson University. Enjoys international travel, gardening, arts and culture, home improvement projects.

Will Langley

Vice Chair – Development

Keys resident since 2010. Realtor for Berkshire Hathaway Knight & Gardner Realty, and a partner of Knight/ Gardener/ Langley Commercial Services Team. Owned and operated several successful tourism-based businesses throughout the Caribbean. Received Berkshire Hathaway Legend Award and KW Association of Realtors’ Rookie of the Year. Former Board member, KW Association of Realtors, KW Yacht Club (Fleet Captain), and founding member of KW Young Professional’s Network. Degrees in Government and Political Science and Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management from North Carolina State University. Avid boater and pilot.

Greg Oropeza

Vice Chair – Grants

Resident since birth. BS Economics from University of Florida, and JD from Florida State University. Partner in the law firm of Smith | Oropeza, PL. Past Board Member of the City of Key West Planning Board, Key West Gator Alumni Boosters and the Key West Rotary Club. Current member serving on the boards of the Key West Fishing Tournament and 16th Judicial Circuit Florida Bar Grievance Committee.

Ken Silverman

Vice Chair – Finance / Treasurer

Key West homeowner since 2009. Retired from 30+ year career in senior executive positions in the New York City residential real estate management and sales industry. Engineering and computer science degree from MIT Sloan School of Management. Served as the first outside professional general manager of Co-op City. Served as President of J.H. Taylor, among others. Board member, Rent Stabilization Association. Owns commercial complexes at the corner of Eaton St. and 400 block of Duval St. He and his wife, Kate Regan, share their time between Key West and Amagansett, NY.

Rosi Ware

Vice Chair – Marketing

Resident since 2000. Consultant for Kantar and WPP, the world’s largest marketing services group. Former CEO of Millward Brown, the world’s largest research agency. Previously worked for the Mars Corporation and Cadbury in Marketing; DMB & B and TBWA advertising agencies as strategic planning director. Former Board Chair of The Studios of Key West; board member of MARC and the Key West Garden Club. Hobbies include gardening, theater, literature, music, movies and travel.

Jodi Weinhofer

Secretary

President of The Lodging Association of the Florida Keys & Key West, a nonprofit trade organization representing the lodging industry and the businesses that work with lodging. She has served as President since 2005. Previously worked in property management, real estate and tourism since moving to the Keys 26 years ago. Serves on the board of Leadership Monroe County and serves on the Monroe County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, Economic Affairs Committee, and Tourism Committee. Originally from New Jersey. BA degree from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.

Laura Lietaert

Principal of Key Largo School since 2015. Former teacher and former vice principal at Key Largo School. Named Monroe County School District “Principal of the Year” for 2017-2018. Member, AVID Eastern Division Principals’ Collaborative among numerous other committees. President, Rotary Club of Key Largo; Grant reviewer, United Way of the Florida Keys; 2019 nominee for Woman of Distinction, Upper Keys Business and Professional Women; member, Key Largo and Islamorada Chambers of Commerce; past director, Kids Come First. ME, American College of Education; BS, Florida International University.

Lauretta (Retz) Reeves

Resident since 2000. Consultant for Kantar and WPP, the world’s largest marketing services group. Former CEO of Millward Brown, the world’s largest research agency. Previously worked for the Mars Corporation and Cadbury in Marketing; DMB & B and TBWA advertising agencies as strategic planning director. Former Board Chair of The Studios of Key West; board member of MARC and the Key West Garden Club. Hobbies include gardening, theater, literature, music, movies and travel.

Marian Buccafurni

Key Colony resident since 2007, lives part of the year in Monterey, California. Active member of the Community Foundation for Monterey County. Former board president and major donor of the Women’s Fund; created several annual fund raisers in Monterey, established programs to benefit girls’ health and those in need of small loans. Law school graduate in 1979. Diverse business background in the medical, science and legal fields. Created with her husband a biotechnology company, Litmus Concepts, Inc., in California. Raised more than $30 million in private equity; sold the firm in 2000 to devote their time to philanthropy.

Staff

Jennifer McComb

President & CEO

Mark Songer

Chief Financial Officer

Greg Charleston

Communications Manager

Holly Allen

Director of Philanthropic Services

Dianna Sutton

President Emerita

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